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Caroline Smith DeWaal

The Prevalence of Foodborne Illness

Days ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its most recent yearly summary of foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States. The summary covered the year 2013, and it found that 818 foodborne outbreaks were reported in the country during that year — a number consistent with the 800 to 850… Continue Reading

DeWaal Leaves CSPI for FDA Post

Caroline Smith DeWaal has left the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) for a new position at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Her last day at CSPI was Thursday. DeWaal, who served as CSPI’s director of food safety for 21 years, will join FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition on Monday… Continue Reading

Report: Fewer Foodborne Illness Outbreaks Being Reported or Solved Today

States are reporting and solving fewer foodborne illness outbreaks compared to 10 years ago, according to a new report by the nonprofit consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). CSPI’s report analyzed 10 years of data on state outbreaks reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) between 2003… Continue Reading

A Look Back at Food Safety During Obama’s First Six Years

Since the Obama administration took over the executive branch more than six years ago, foodborne illnesses from meat, poultry and eggs — products regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture — has been falling. In fact, just from fiscal year 2013 to 2014, illnesses from meat and poultry has fallen by 10 percent, according to… Continue Reading

McDonald’s Plans to Phase Out Chicken Fed Medically Important Antibiotics

Fast-food giant McDonald’s announced Wednesday that, within two years, all of the chicken served at its 14,000 U.S. restaurants will come from farms which raised the birds without medically important antibiotics. The move could help limit the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture which contributes to an increase in antibiotic-resistant bugs that sicken humans. “Our customers want… Continue Reading

FDA to Update Mercury in Seafood Guidance for Pregnant Women

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is responding to a lawsuit concerning the levels of mercury in seafood by updating its guidance for pregnant women and young children. “It’s an advisory, not an effort to mandate labeling,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told the Associated Press last week. In July 2011, the Center for Science in… Continue Reading

More Calls for Senate to Act on Food Safety

Beltway insiders are hearing more calls to pass the FDA food safety reform bill pending in the Senate. This week, The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, featured several Op-Eds which highlighted the bill’s bipartisan support and urged the Senate to act. Caroline Smith DeWaal, director of food safety at the Center for Science in the… Continue Reading